hummingbird cake slice.

Hummingbird Cake

I’ve been spending some time going through old family cookbooks. Maybe just because I miss the women that were so instrumental in teaching me to cook and maybe I’ve been looking for inspiration.

Hummingbird cake has been around a long time, but I’ve never made it. Recently I freshen up an ambrosia recipe so I thought this might be a recipe to “freshen” up too. Wrong! This recipe is so great the way it is. It is like a hybrid of banana cake and carrot cake; but throw some crushed pine apple in for good measure. And who doesn’t love a cream cheese frosting? I hope you will join me in bringing Hummingbird Cake back!

Hummingbird Cake.
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Hummingbird Cake

A classic Southern cake. It's a cross between banana and carrot cake.
Course: Endings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, cake, pineapple
Servings: 10 Slices



  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Granulated White Sugar
  • 3 Lg. Eggs
  • 1 Cup Neutral Oil, I used Avocado
  • 1-1/2 tsps. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 8-oz. Can Crushed Pineapple, in its own juice
  • 4 Medium Ripe Bananas, smashed
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans, toasted
  • Vegetable Shortening and flour for pan


  • 2 8-oz, pkgs. Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 Pound Confectioners Sugar
  • Toasted pecan halves for decorating



  • Preheat Oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour 2-9" pans, set aside.
    Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, in a large bowl. Add in eggs and oil
    Stir in bananas, pineapple and chopped pecans.
  • Divide batter evenly between both pans.
    Bake 25- 30 minutes. Cool inapt for 10 minutes.
    Turn out and let cool completely before frosting.


  • Beat cream cheese and butter, until well combined.
    Beat in Vanilla.
    Slowly add in Confectioners Sugar, on low speed.
    Once all sugar is in, beat on high speed until fluffy.
  • Frost each layer with about 1 cup of frosting then frost tops and sides. Decorate with Toasted Pecan halves.

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